Situational Irony In Good Country People

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The meaning behind the short story Good Country People is left ambiguous by the author Flannery O’Connor. It is left to the reader to Infer the meaning by analysing the point the author is trying to make and how the author wants the reader to feel. The hidden meaning behind Good Country People is ultimate evil in characters that are otherwise deceptively polite. Situational irony in this short story helps the read find that everything is not as it appears in Good Country people. Although by the end of the story the reader is lead to know the true intentions of the character Manley Pointer specific examples involving situational irony throughout the story help the reader to recognize evil surrounding the characters the whole time. Manley …show more content…
Although Hulga describes herself as being someone that sees through to nothing someone that believes in nothing. She finds herself victim to Pointer and at his mercy, he is not complete and innocent herself, but assumes Pointer to be, and is fooled by the assumption of his innocents. Both Hulga and Pointer are similar, they are both in fact incomplete have found various ways of dealing with what they are unable to have. Although both Hulga and Pointer are Atheist, O'connor Separates this similarity with evil; Hulga simply do not believe and was not Christian, Pointer took advantage of the characters by becoming someone of Christian faith, rotting his evil in the belief that good people exist. "I hope you didn't think", he said a lofty indignant tone, "That I believe in that crap! I may sell bibles but I know which end is up and I wasn't born yesterday and I know where I'm going!' This quote serves are a great example for situational irony Pointer is not the true honest good country boy as he portrayed himself to be, Although people in a society my look complete on the outside someone genuine and pure, there may be hidden evils within them. O'Connor may have included this statement to the reader as a comforting fact that not only is Pointer evil, he acknowledges his evil and knows where he's going: Hell. even if he claims not to believe in

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